Woodhall Spa railway station
In 1846 the Great Northern rail company purchased the land to build a 58 miles (93 km) rail link from Peterborough to Lincoln via Spalding and Boston with the Boston to Lincoln section being built along the banks of the River Witham. Works commenced in 1847 and the line opened on 17 October 1848. The Kirkstead Station, later to be renamed the Woodhall Junction, was one of seven between Lincoln and Boston. To the north were Stixwould, Southrey and Bardney and to the south were Tattershall, Dogdyke and Langrick.
In 1853 three local businessmen negotiated with the G.N.R. with a view to open a branch of the line, the Horncastle Branch, from the Woodhall Junction to Horncastle. They formed the Horncastle and Kirkstead Junction Railway Company, and the line was opened on 11 August 1855 and transported the gentry into the heart of Woodhall where they could easily get to the hotels and public attractions. The line also provided a better means of transport for goods being transported to and from Horncastle than the River Bain.
After the track was removed the land was sold off to various land owners, mostly local farmers, but some has been used to recently create a paved walk and cycle path, called The Water Rail Way, from Kirkstead to Lincoln. As of summer 2009 the path is complete and open for public use.
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|Woodhall Junction||Great Northern Railway
- British Railways Atlas.1947. p.17
- "Woodhall Spa Station". Disused Stations. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- "The Horncastle and Kirkstead Junction Railway Company". The Cottage Museum. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 254. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
- "Water Rail Way". Sustrans. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- "Visit Lincolnshire". The Spa Trail. Lincolnshire County Council. Retrieved 26 May 2011.